TI supports the arts in its communities
The Dallas Museum of Art premiered the Center for Creative Connections last May, a place for interactive learning experiences that offer visitors unique ways to engage with works of art and artists.
As part of its philanthropic focus, TI partners with arts and cultural organizations that impact the business environment and enrich the quality of life in its communities.
In the U.S., TIís corporate and foundation arts and culture support is directed to those groups that are defining the perception of cities where TI operates, particularly in Dallas, where nearly one-third of TIís total workforce lives.
In 2007, TI donated more than $600,000 to arts and culture programs in the area. These contributions supported many events such as arts education outreach programs to area schools, the Dallas Black Dance Theatreís (DBDT) Cultural Awareness series, the Dallas Arboretumís Autumn at the Arboretum festival and the Dallas Symphony Orchestraís (DSO) Texas Instruments Classical Series. Additionally, the TI Foundation provided more than $1.5 million in grants and $300,000 in matching gifts to arts and culture organizations.
Last year, more than 20,000 TI employees and their families attended symphony concerts, theater productions, museums, gardens and zoos as part of the companyís partnership with affiliated arts and culture associations.
"TIís support of arts and culture programs improves the quality of life in our region and helps make our area more attractive for current and potential employees," said Andy Smith, TI director of corporate philanthropy.
Dallas Museum of Art (DMA)
TI and the TI Foundation have been close partners with the DMA for 50 years. This year, the company sponsored the 2008 J.M.W. Turner exhibition at the DMA. Organized by the Tate Gallery in London in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, this major exhibition was the first full survey of Turnerís work in the U.S. since 1966, giving the people of Dallas a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view this historically rich and elegant art.
Also this year, TI co-sponsored several events celebrating the opening of the Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of Pharaoh exhibit at the DMA. This exhibition is significant for the DMA and Dallas, as more than one million visitors are expected to view it.
The new Center for Creative Connections at the DMA will further enrich the community, giving people of all ages new ways to deeply connect with art and to merge art and technology. Last year, the TI Foundation helped fund the centerís Technology Lab and Arts Network.
TI provided a grant for the Dallas Operaís School Performances educational program, which trains teachers to use an opera to teach core subjects. Teachers develop the curriculum, which aligns with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills guidelines.
Each fall, teachers from North Texas schools attend in-service training and receive the free curriculum before bringing students to a school performance opera. Approximately 15,000 students in third through eighth grades participated during the 2007-2008 school year. The majority of these were from inner-city schools, with more than 94 percent identifying themselves as African-American, Latino or Asian. Feedback from teachers indicates that the program has helped them to develop new techniques to integrate the arts into their regular classroom instruction.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Over the past two decades, TI and the TI Foundation have donated more than $4 million to the DSO. TI employees and retirees have provided valuable leadership, and many TI families have enjoyed DSO concerts.
Besides the Texas Instruments Classical Series, now in its seventh year, TIís involvement with the DSO is extensive. In 2007, the TI Foundation pledged funds for guest soloists and artists. This gift ensures that quality talent will continue to grow in future seasons, with the addition of superstars of the classical music world.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
A donation from TI supported the DBDTís annual Cultural Awareness series, which is held in celebration of Black History Month. The series is a set of robust and theatrical dance performances of works by world-renowned choreographers. It includes performances for local students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The DBDT is the oldest, continuously operating professional dance company in Dallas. Since its founding in 1976, the DBDT has performed for 1.5 million arts patrons worldwide, including 40,000 children.
The TI Foundation has also provided significant support to DBDT for their capital campaign for a permanent facility in downtown Dallas.
For more information about TIís community contributions, go to http://www.ti.com/corp/docs/csr/community/index.shtml.